FORMER NEW Ross Celtic clubman Greg Bolger has signed a new one-year contract extension with Airtricity Premier Division side St. Patrick's Athletic. Greg, like many League of Ireland players, was out of contract at the end of the season and has now been re-assured of his future.
The 24-year-old, who made his debut for U.C.D. in 2007 as a substitute against Cork City, made 30 appearances for the saints last season, most notably making two appearances against German Bundesliga side Hannover 96 in early August when they went down 5-0 on aggregate in the Europa League qualifying stages.
He netted four goals all season from centre midfield, with his most memorable strike coming against his former club, Dundalk, in the F.A.I. Cup semi-final, with his side going on to lose 3-2 after extra-time in the final to Derry City in the Aviva Stadium.
However, the season ended in another disappointment for Bolger as he missed that final after picking up an ankle injury. Pat's had an eventful season, finishing third in the league as well as having a decent Europa League run, but they could not seal the big prize in bringing the F.A.I. Cup back to Inchicore for the first time in 51 years. However, the season was seen as a success under new manger Liam Buckley.
'I'm delighted having a club sorted before Christmas, it takes a lot of pressure off,' Bolger said.
'That's half the battle, not waiting around to see who's going to ring me, am I going to get a call or what do I have to do to get a club.
'Liam said if I performed well I had a good chance of resigning. It's a big thing to have over Christmas, knowing that you have something to go back to,' he added.
The 2013 season does not resume until early March.